Spiritual Practice

Make the Wait Count

Alice Loader & Tanya Ferdinandusz

Waiting in Line 2 TSP 177129252I am discovering that the trick to learning patience is to make the waiting time count. In the waiting, circumstances change and so do I. By finding ways to live more fully in the moment, by savoring what is good, worthwhile, and true today, I can make the most of the time I spend waiting. And as I do, I cultivate the fruit of patience in my life.

—Alice Loader


DON’T WASTE WAITING TIME: Someone once sent me a funny belated birthday card. It claimed that the average person spends five years of his or her life waiting in line, one year looking for misplaced objects, and six months waiting at red lights! The card concluded by asking, “Kinda makes the wait for your birthday card seem insignificant in the scheme of things, doesn’t it?”

We all suffer throught waiting time—whether at traffic lights, at doctor’s offices, or at the bathroom door! Even our computers tell us, oh-so-politely, to “please wait.” And all too often, it seems that God keeps us waiting too.

But waiting time doesn’t have to be wasted time. Here are twelve things you can do while you wait. See how many more you can add to this list.

  • Practice a skill.
  • Waiting on Bench2 TSP 474883795Count your blessings.
  • Write or email a friend.
  • Do some breathing exercises.
  • Give God a buzz (you’ll never get a busy signal.)
  • Read a psalm — then write your own.
  • Jog or take a walk.
  • Do something nice for someone.
  • Look up and learn five new words in your dicitonary.
  • Clean one small corner of your room.
  • Watch a butterfly’s flight.
  • Write a meditation for devozine!

While You Wait

—Tanya Ferdinandusz

—from devozine (July/August 2001 and May/June 2014). Copyright © 2001 and 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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